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  • Heart Rate Training - August Recap

    I admit it.  I had a great time not running.   After running the Iron Girl half marathon in Clearwater in April, I decided to take it slow.  With our increasing summer heat and my disdain for treadmills, it was time for a break.  June and July were for the most part "Run Free" months for me. August came around and I started spinning classes again and before I knew it, my running feet were asking for some pavement.  While I enjoyed my time off from running, I'm so excited to have started training again with a heart rate training plan.


    What's a heart rate training plan?

    A heart rate training plan is a plan where you monitor your heart rate to stay in a specific heart rate zone.  I'm not a medical expert, so I visited a few pages on the internet like this and this.  In the past, my training has always been an adaptation of the many online half marathon running plans. This time, my training won't be that much different.  I plan on running three times a week and if time or energy allows do one more activity (yoga, spinning, weights?) to round out the training. However, I will be paying more attention to my heart rate monitor.

    tempo run

    My heart rate training will be composed of three runs: a long run at a recovery heart rate (70%), tempo/race pace (80-90%) and an interval/speed (90-100%).  I've noticed all my past training runs were done at the interval/speed heart rate.  Not good.  I'm lucky I have not injured myself.  I've completed this 1st week of training following my heart rate and it's been quite interesting.  The hardest thing was running a 13:00 min/mi during my long run.  That was my pace so I can keep my heart rate in the correct zone.  It took everything in me to stay focused and not give up.

    heart rate training

    Having completed my first week of heart rate training, I've found a new love for running.  I've also realized I need to push myself a bit more to meet the heart rates for the tempo/race pace.  I'm looking forward to see how this goes in September!


    Do you exercise with a heart rate monitor? If so, what kind?

    Have you ever tried "Heart Rate Training"?




  • Half Marathon Training - Disney Wine and Dine

    Half marathon training has started.  Disney Wine and Dine is my next half marathon race.  Yes, it has been a while since I’ve gone for a run.  To be exact, April 14th was the last time I ran before taking a 3-month break.  Why you may ask?  Too many reasons to list, but mostly, it’s just miserably hot in the summer in Florida.  And, yes, I could have run on the treadmill, but seriously, I can’t.  I admire runners who solely train on treadmills.  I, my friends, am not one of those runners.  So instead, I had a lot of fun with my Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl Netflix marathons.  Don’t judge. ;)

    half marathon training

    Right after completing Iron Girl in Clearwater, I immediately signed up for the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon in November.  You may ask, why would I sign up so early.  Last year I waited too long.  I was unsure about signing up for it.  First, this will be the most expensive race entry fee to date.  Second, I’ll have to book a hotel, because seriously, I won’t be able to drive back to Plant City that early in the morning.  Oh, did I tell you the race starts at 10:00 pm?  Yep, so that means, I won’t be finishing till about 12:30/1 am.  And thirdly, it is one of the fastest selling races.  Last year, I literally went to sleep thinking about the race when it was 75% sold out.  I woke up the next morning and it was completely sold out.  I promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen again.  And thankfully, my husband fully supported my decision.  :)

     half marathon training

    So, here I am, starting to run again.  And guess what?  I’m more in love with running than ever.  My heart rate and my speed are not where they were four months ago, but that is to be expected after taking a break.  I’ve decided to follow the Lululemon SeaWheeze 10 week training plan with some modifications.  Basically, I’ll be running three times a week and if times allows, I’ll throw in a spin/yoga/cross training day for variety.  Or at least that’s the plan.


    Have you run a Disney race yet?

    Have you seen the SeaWheeze app?

    Are you training for any race?

    Are you a Netflix fan?



  • #whatsbeautiful Redefining the female athlete

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Under Armour and FitFluential.  Nonetheless, all opinions are my own.

    What's Beautiful? Under Armour is at it again.  Back in April 2012, I first heard about the #whatsbeautiful Under Armour campaign from my friend Meghann.  I signed up and listed "finish a triathlon" as my goal.

    #whatsbeautiful Under Armour

    I must admit, I was a bit intimidated by the other women on the page.  However, I remember going back to the website and seeing all of these "real-life" women putting it all on the line.  It was very motivating to read about all of the great things these women were doing.  Later that June, I completed my goal of finishing the Dunedin Sprint Triathlon.



    Whether you are a fitness instructor or someone who wants to start an exercise program, I encourage you to check out this community.  Think of it as a place to come together, look for motivation and help others reach their goals.  Think of it as a fitness diary journey.


    We are all beautiful.  Beauty is not just a pretty face.  Being beautiful is being strong.  Being beautiful is being courageous.  Being beautiful is shooting for the stars, never giving up.  Getting up after falling down.  Over the past couple of years, I've finally been able to keep somewhat of a "workout schedule".  I've carved out some "me" time and although it may seem selfish to some, sometimes it's the only time I have to clear my head.  Because with two little ones at home, sometimes even going to the potty is a public event.

    What's in it for you? Do you still need some motivation? Well, every week Under Armour will giveaway "swag bags" to women who are working towards their goals despite what life might be throwing their way.  Not enough? How about after eight weeks, Under Armour will choose the top 10 women who gave it their all making their story the one to follow.  Out of those top 10, three will be chosen for a 4 day trip to Costa Rica to attend the Under Armour yoga and surf retreat.


    Now that I have your attention, all you need to do is follow this link and set up a goal.  It can be something short term or long term.  Remember this is your journey.  Join some teams or create your own team.  Invite your friends or family members to join for a little friendly competition.  Once you've set your goal, show Under Armour how you are achieving this goal.  Show the world what you are made of! #IWill.

    My goal is to complete the Disney Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon in 2:00.  What's your goal?

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